Living an honest life is not always the easiest way to go; but it is the most fulfilling. Whether rich or poor, if you have to lie about who you and what you believe, it will eventually take its toll. One lie leads to another, as Ash Armitage of 'Sinders and Ash' by Tara Lain finds out, and soon you're not sure what's important and what isn't.
Even though Ash is rich and famous, he's poor when it comes to freedom. His life isn't his own; it's dictated by his status. Ash has a lot of potential, perhaps, but little motivation. Mark, aka Sinders, on the other hand, is as poor as a church mouse and prefers a profile lower than Ash could ever wish for. Instead of having all the privileges of the rich like Ash does, Mark has been on his own since he was sixteen. Everything he has achieved has been through his own ingenuity and determination. Even though Mark has very little money, he has big dreams and he's willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them. Living openly as a gay man hasn't always been the easiest choice, but for Mark, it's the only way. Ash admires Mark's honesty and bravery and yearns to be like him. When it comes down to the wire, Ash has to choose between loving Mark and keeping his fortune.
Although this story has all the makings of a modern-day fairy tale, including a spoiled rich prince, a poor hardworking commoner, and a fairy godmother, Tara has also woven in some serious issues, such as gay children being rejected by their parents and their fight for survival. She also reminds us how insidious lies can be, stealing our dignity and plaguing our consciences. She's also thrown in some positive messages, like being true to oneself, anything you can dream you can do, money can't buy happiness, and last but certainly not least, that clothes don't make the man or woman. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an enjoyable, sensual story, full of charm, wit, age-old wisdom, and, of course, as with all fairy tales, a happily ever after ending.
NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews